While local councils charging for parking is nothing new, some motorists are paying over the odds because parking machines cannot give change and councils are unwilling to upgrade.
Cornwall council in particular has been named in a BBC news report as one of the worst offenders:
“Cornwall Council is making more than £300,000 a year simply because its parking machines do not give change.
Last year, £11.6m was paid in parking fees, of which an estimated £307,293 was due to an "over-vend", a Freedom of Information request shows.
The authority said stocking 250 machines with change would be too problematic and costly.
According to the council's figures, in 2011/12 it made more than £340,000 from no-change pay and display machines.”
A handy tip could be to always have a handful of coins in your car or bag just in case you need to pay for parking.